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Ut­tar Pradesh Chief Min­is­ter Yogi Adityanath on Tues­day at­tacked op­po­si­tion par­ties, say­ing by op­pos­ing "Hindutva" they are ob­ject­ing to "de­vel­op­ment" and "bhar­tiy­ata" (In­di­an­ness).

Hin­du­tava is not syn­ony­mous with any re­li­gion or com­mu­nity but with na­tion­al­ism, he told re­porters be­fore em­bark­ing on a visit to Ay­o­d­hya to cam­paign for the up­com­ing lo­cal body elec­tions.

"Hindutva and de­vel­op­ment are com­ple­men­tary to each other... Those who are op­pos­ing Hindutva are in fact op­pos­ing de­vel­op­ment and bhar­tiy­ata," Adityanath said.

On op­po­si­tion par­ties link­ing his speeches and work to Hindutva and not de­vel­op­ment, he said, "It is ridicu­lous that forces which have en­cour­aged dy­nas­tic pol­i­tics and casteism in the name of sec­u­lar­ism and in­dulged in cor­rup­tion are talk­ing like this."

On re­ports about for­mer UP CM Akhilesh Ya­dav's move to in­stall a grand statue of Lord Kr­ishna in Etawah, he said the SP chief also "wants to in­stall a statue of Dury­o­d­han (the chief an­tag­o­nist of Ma­hab­harata) and this shows where he wants to take the state".

"They are not able to get rid of their 'san­skar' and have said they will in­stall a statue of Dury­o­d­han," he said.

Adityanath said there is no doubt that BJP will form gov­ern­ment in 2019 and "it will per­form well in the ur­ban lo­cal bod­ies polls too". Asked if he will cel­e­brate Holi in Mathura, he said: "Why not. It will be an hon­our for us if the places iden­ti­fied with fes­ti­vals are re­stored to their tra­di­tional grandeur."

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